American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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25. Williamsport, PA
> Employment decline:
-2.1%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 57,606
> Number of jobs June 2016: 56,375
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.6%

Total employment in Williamsport fell by 2.1% over the past four years, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. The largest loss occurred in the manufacturing industry, which decreased by approximately 500 employees.

Sebring, Florida
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24. Sebring, FL
> Employment decline:
-2.5%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 33,625
> Number of jobs June 2016: 32,791
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.5%

The total number of jobs in Sebring fell from 33,625 to 32,791 over the past four years. The 2.5% decline was one of the largest of any metro area.

Huntington, West Virginia
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23. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
> Employment decline:
-2.7%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 143,104
> Number of jobs June 2016: 139,290
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.9%

The number of jobs in the Huntington-Ashland metro area declined by 2.7% over the past four years, one of the largest contractions nationwide. The metro area’s mining, logging, and construction industry lost the most employees. Employment in the sector fell by roughly 2,100 workers.

Lafayette, Louisiana
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22. Lafayette, LA
> Employment decline:
-2.7%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 212,949
> Number of jobs June 2016: 207,164
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 7.0%

Lafayette is one of the only metro areas where the population grew over the last four years as the number of jobs fell. The influx of people does not appear to have improved the economy, however. Lafayette’s unemployment increased from 5.8% of the workforce to 7.0% over that time.

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi
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21. Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
> Employment decline:
-2.8%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 157,904
> Number of jobs June 2016: 153,490
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.3%

Employment in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metro area fell by 2.8% over the past four years, one of the largest contractions nationwide. The metro area’s professional and business services industry lost the most employees. Employment in the sector fell by roughly 2,600 workers.